Archive for March, 2014

Round #1 Thursday, 13 March 2014 2014 World Championship CandidatesMarch 11th-April 1st, 2014 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) Round #1 # Name Flag Rating Result Name Flag Rating 1.1 Andreikin 2709 ½-½ Kramnik 2810 1.2 Karjakin 2766 ½-½ Svidler 2758 1.3 Anand 2773 1-0 Aronian 2809 1.4 Mamedyarov 2757 ½-½ Topalov 2785 Games Anand bolts out front with […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunrise, FL – Mayor Mike Ryan is building an educational bridge from Brooklyn, NY to Sunrise, FL, one chess piece at a time. His opening move is to team the Florida Panthers owners with Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura to create a chess event March 16 at the BB&T Center. The event begins at […]

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The World Chess Candidates tournament has begun. Eight competitors including former World Champions Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov will compete for a right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the chess crown. Carlsen defeated Anand in Chennai, India last November in a match with high fanfare. This tournament will be followed by millions in […]

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The Chess Drum was informed that St. Louis chess master Leroy Muhammad has passed away. Living in Gary, Indiana, his daughter Sophia Muhammad came to the St. Louis Chess Club and informed an employee that Leroy had passed in October of 2013. IM Elliott Winslow, a contemporary of Muhammad and fellow St. Louis native, relayed […]

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Uganda’s National Chess team outwitted Nairobi Chess Club 12-4 after four grueling rounds over the weekend (8-9 March 2014) in Nairobi, Kenya in what has over the last three years been dubbed “battle for Migingo”. Uganda’s team that comprised of Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Harold Wanyama, CM Patrick Kawuma and Walter Okas had the better of […]

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The history of Africa is one of intrigue and mystery. It is sometimes called “The Dark Continent” and is typically forgotten when important matters are at hand. There is one time that Africa is not forgotten and that is every four years during the FIDE election. FIDE is the international chess body of more than […]

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Amidst the recent launching of chess24.com, award-winning journalist Macauley Peterson told The Chess Drum about the newly-released Olympiad website. The invitation was released by FIDE recently and it appears that everything is fitting into place. While the site is still skinny on content, it will serve as a portal of information about “all-things-Olympiad”. Chess24.com features […]

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Emelio Rivera speakingduring the ‘Mind Over Matter’ panel. “Mind Over Matter” was the theme of the Hip Hop Chess Federation’s (HHCF) weekend of events which included an intriguing panel discussion. HHCF activities were held concurrent with the KO Finisher jiu jitsu tournament. RZA was the defending champions after winning his title in the inaugural tournament […]

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The Chess Drum conducted an interview on March 2nd (via Skype) with GM Maurice Ashley concerning the Millionaire Chess Open. The tournament earned its moniker due to its $1,000,000 prize fund and is scheduled to take place in the electric atmosphere that Las Vegas offers. GM Ashley at the site of the Millionaire Chess Open! […]

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National Master Jerald Times was featured in a new segment called “On the Scene” with Sean Miller. Times answers a series of questions including how he discovered chess and his evolution as a player out of historic Harlem, New York. He touched on the fierce rivalry as a member of the “Black Bear School of […]

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